Ric Conn

Artist’s Statement

I am represented by the Grimandi Art Gallery, New York

“Ric Conn is a leading voice in speaking up about inequality and social issues women often face. Inspired by expressionist methods, both traditional and contemporary, he exhibits bold textures and calculated use of light in carrying the symbolic imagery in each visual narrative. Conn explores the opposition between reality and perception. His fascination and motivation are amped by realties that appear invisible in our everyday lives, cutting into the core of the hearts of his subjects and exposing hidden emotion. Layers of female characteristics are captured in each one of his paintings- focusing on the essence of courage and beauty in women.”

– Art Tour International Magazine
Spring 2020

I am an internationally known award winning expressionist artist; inspired mostly by Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, Picasso, Matisse and the Expressionists.

I had three shows last year in New York city.

I have been named  “Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art for 2020, “Artist of the Decade 2010-2020,” and “Artivist of the year ” by Art Tour International Magazine. Additionally I have been in their summer, autumn and winter issues (cover artist), and in American Art Collector.

I won the “Face of Queen Anne’s County” medal for one of my oil paintings. My awards also include First, Second, Third and Best in Show awards as well as numerous Honorable mention awards and Award of Merit certificates. I have been featured in articles in several newspapers, and magazines, including “Art in America’s issue on galleries and artists in America,” and interviewed on television, both local and network.

I have had solo and group shows in Baltimore, Columbia, Annapolis, Frederick, Stevensville, and Centreville MD; Washington, D.C.; Manhattan and Chelsea, New York City.

I teach painting and drawing workshops in local schools, arts councils, an environmental center, and private lessons in my studio. I have also given portrait drawing demonstrations.

I have paintings in private collections in several states and Australia.

I studied at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Current Series: Equality and Empowerment